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New York Times, Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Poem subtitled "A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888"

Author:
Hal Moore
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Hal Moore

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 75, Blocks: 43 Missing: {QWXZ} Spans: 1 Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 7 for Mr. Moore. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Hal Moore notes:
The idea for this progression hit me late one night while mulling over the potential of 58-Across as a themeless entry. Maybe it's a ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
OPEN AND SHUT CASE ... seems like the theme should be easy to figure out. Some might even say open and shut. Yet Jim Horne and I spent ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

Canadians everywhere thank Mr. Moore for correctly calling those birds CANADA GEESE, not Canadian Geese.

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© 2021, The New York Times4/28/21 ( No. 26,104 )
Across
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Lead-in to love or care : SELF
5
Begins to wake : STIRS
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Part of a frame : JAMB
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Cowboy boot feature : SPUR
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"Pagliacci" baritone : TONIO
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"Vesti la giubba," in "Pagliacci" : ARIA
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Number that, in Chinese languages, is a homophone for "longevity," and is thus considered good luck : NINE
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Man with morals : AESOP
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Something you might do "over backward" : BEND
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Poem subtitled "A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888" : CASEYATTHEBAT
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Discard : CASTASIDE
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Hidalgo honorific : SENORA
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One greeting others with the shaka sign : SURFER
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Day-___ paint : GLO
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Family room fixture : TVSET
36
1950s White House nickname : IKE
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Accessory for Wonder Woman : TIARA
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Greeting in Portuguese : OLA
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___ pants : HAREM
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Some winter travelers to the U.S. : CANADAGEESE
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Restaurant request : CHECKPLEASE
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"The Louisville Lip" : ALI
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___ culpa : MEA
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Goof : ERR
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Hokkaido honorific : SAN
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Spokes, say : RADII
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___-Coeur (Paris basilica) : SACRE
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Easy-to-resolve situation ... or a hint to the progression found in 20-, 23-, 43-, 46- and 58-Across : OPENANDSHUTCASE
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Fix : MEND
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Sign of spring : ARIES
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Player that debuted in 2001 : IPOD
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Chaka Khan, vocally : ALTO
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David of the Talking Heads : BYRNE
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Refuse : DENY
Down
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I.R.S. ID : SSN
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The "Mahabharata" or the "Ramayana" : EPIC
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Moon goddess : LUNA
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Certain Michelangelo work : FRESCO
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Patronizes, as a hotel : STAYSAT
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Ready-___ (convenient food option) : TOEAT
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Where Ariana Grande has 230+ million followers, informally : INSTA
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Hoots : RIOTS
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Specious reasoner : SOPHIST
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Talk nonsense : JABBER
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Floor plan info : AREA
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Ideal condition for collectibles : MINT
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"___ dog!" : BAD
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Pencil holder, at times : EAR
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End of a professor's address : EDU
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___ Pepper : SGT
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"The Book of ___" (2010 film) : ELI
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Done intentionally : NOACCIDENT
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Where the "balcony scene" takes place in "West Side Story" : FIREESCAPE
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Scratch (out) : EKE
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"Out of Time" band : REM
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The spirit of Russia? : VODKA
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Haphazardly assemble, with "together" : SLAP
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Two concentric circles, on a golf scorecard : EAGLE
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Fan noise : RAH
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Target for iron supplements : ANEMIA
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Inspiration for Citizen Kane : HEARST
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___-backwards : ASS
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Crackerjack : ACE
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Always, to poets : EER
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Something you might pick up at a bakery : AROMA
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Place for a pin : LAPEL
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Basis of some insurance fraud : ARSON
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High-maintenance, in a way : NEEDY
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___-European languages : INDO
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What's anything but basic? : ACID
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Catch : NAB
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Like some wine and humor : DRY
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"Aaron Burr, ___" ("Hamilton" song) : SIR
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Female lobster : HEN
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Manipulate : USE

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